Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurship Academy

The IDE Academy Program was launched from a partnership between the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) in Bangkok and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to create Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurs (IDEs) in Southeast Asia.

Key highlights of the program:

  • Specially designed for New Generation Entrepreneurs, high-tech startup companies, and corporate ventures who want to Think Big.
  • Develops high-potential IDEs, instead of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs ).
  • Encourages Idea and concept development through Design Thinking (Step 0) and follows MIT Disciplined Entrepreneurship Process to build the opportunity (24 Steps)
  • It will change your mindset of entrepreneurship to use innovation for strategic advantage.


What are Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurs — IDE?

IDEs approach an opportunity differently. They change the way industries run and the way people do things.  Their innovations bring impact to an entire region.  Myanmar and Southeast Asia are ready for rapid growth, led by Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurs.


Who should attend IDE Academy program?

  • People who want to create big opportunities while developing Myanmar and the region.
  • Entrepreneurs and business people who want to lead fast-changing business environments


What do you learn?


IDE Academy Program Module

Each module is composed of five sessions running over 2.5 days, Friday – Sunday:

Session 1: Friday 18.30 – 21.30, Module Introduction and Review Program on Team Action Plan

Session 2: Saturday 9.00 – 12.00, IDE Skill Development

Session 3: Saturday 13.30 – 16.30, IDE Skill Application

Session 4: Saturday 17.30 – 20.30, Networking Dinner and Team Building Activity

Session 5: Sunday 9.00 – 12.00, Module Wrap-up and Team Action Plan Developed


The overall program consists of five (5) modules, deployed over approximately three months (usually alternating weekends).  Two of the five modules are Residential Modules: participants stay at the program venue (a selected hotel or resort) for the entire module.  This allows a more intensive work experience, as well as deeper networking opportunities.


Module            Descriptions Venue
1 Step 0: Program Overview; Explore Forever Yangon (Residential Module)
2 Who is your Customer?

What can you do for your customer?

3 How does your customer acquire your product?

How do you make money off your product?

4 How do you design and build your product?

How do you scale your business? Pitch Practice

5* Final Presentation, Graduation and Celebration Bangkok (Residential Module)


*accommodation and some meals in Bangkok included: does not include air travel)


Innovation Deep Dive (USA)

Exclusive for IDE Academy participants! The best way to understand the IDE Mindset is to go to the the heart of innovation at MIT and in the surrounding Innovation Ecosystem in Massachusetts, USA. IDE Academy will spend one intensive week in the Innovation Deep Dive, meeting entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, lecturers, and students. The Innovation Deep Dive will inspire you to take your IDE Project forward and help you learn what are the next steps to IDE Success.



  • Program 1: USD 3,100 Step 0 Explore Forever Workshop (2.5 residential program in Yangon)
  • Program 2: USD 5,500 Myanmar IDE Academy  — 4 Modules: Disciplined Entrepreneurship 24 Step Program, plus Module 1: Step 0 Explore Forever Workshop
  • Program 3: USD 8,500 Innovation Deep Dive* — One week Innovation Deep Dive in and around MIT, plus all modules Myanmar IDE Academy Program.

(*accommodation and some meals in the US included; does not include air travel)

The fee is non-refundable


Mentors and Coaches

Edward Rubesch, Ph.D.

Edward Rubesch graduated from MIT with Bachelor and Master degrees and worked in Boston-area technology firm before moving to Bangkok. He started his first company in Thailand in 1997 and began working with startups in Southeast Asia in 2000. He has worked with numerous startups in Southeast Asia and Silicon Valley, helping them launch, grow, and raise money, and is the director of MIT Enterprise Forum Thailand and the director of the Global Social Venture Competition, Southeast Asia.


Sakdipon Juasrikul, Ph.D.

Sakdipon is a Founder of the Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship Center, and part of the core team in the MIT-UTCC Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Partnership (REAP).  He has launched and advised entrepreneurial teams, and has over 10 years experience providing strategic consulting to major companies. He earned his Ph.D. in entrepreneurship from Washington State University in the US.

The Myanmar IDE Academy also draws from MITEF Thailand’s extensive team of coaches and mentors who have worked in entrepreneurship development for over 10 years across the region. They have been part of the MIT REAP team and been trained in the Disciplined Entrepreneurship process by MIT.


Contact info:

Thailand Address:

Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship Center (IDE Center), University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce

126/1 Soi Vibhavadee Rangsit 2, Vibhavadee Rangsit, Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400

Email: [email protected]


Myanmar Address:

Myanmar Institute of Business

Room 104 , First floor , Myanmar Plaza (HAGL)

Kabaraye Pagoda Road , Bahan Tsp , Yangon, Myanmar.

Tel 09 45 3300 500, 09 45 3300 900

Email: [email protected]



Apply now

We will accept applications through June 20th, 2017.
Successful candidates will be announced on July 7th, 2017.

The Core Team

Assistant Professor Sakdipon Juasrikul, Ph.D.
IDE Center Director

Edward Rubesch, Ph.D.
Executive Program Director

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